Tag Archives: Christmas

And so It Begins…

Advent, the season leading up to Christmas, is the root of the word “adventure.” It means to finally arrive after a long journey. It is about Christ’s arrival. And ours. “One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we … Continue reading

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Underarm Deodorant

Originally posted on Tripp Blog:
Not everyone is lucky enough to know their great-grandmother, but I was. Grandma Patterson is what we called her. From Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl, she and my great-grandfather brought their many children over to…

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Putting Away Christmas (Finally)

Originally posted on Bonnywood Manor:
And so it finally came to pass that the little hamlet must be demolished in the name of Progress. Before anyone rises up in a spasm of indignation at the outrageous abuse of Eminent Domain,…

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The Spirit of Christmas

May the spirit of Christmas the yearning to give inhabit your heart for as long as you live “Freely you have received. Freely give.” ~Matthew 10:8

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Was Mary a Virgin?

My first semester of college I took a lecture hall class called Folklore and Mythology from Dr. Glickman, a rock star educator if there ever was one. At the start of each session, 350 students would hush as Dr. G … Continue reading

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There Must be a Pony!

Last week we found out someone had stolen a credit card out of our mail box, activated it, and bought themselves a top-of-the-line computer from the Apple Store! Um, Merry Christmas? (Yes, we’ve disputed the charge.) The next day we … Continue reading

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Compassion

It’s no secret that this season of love is also (uncoincidentally) an especially hard season for those who feel abandoned and alone. May we reach out to them with our prayers, with our words, and with our actions — in … Continue reading

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